The Pineville Independent Board of Education recently approved a consolidation plan which will make the school district unified from kindergarten through the 12th grade.
During a meeting on June 30, the board unanimously voted to abolish the separate schools and abolish the vacant elementary principal position left by former Pineville elementary principal Cynthia Smith.
Current high school principal Bill Keyes will become the K-12 principal. A new position for a joint assistant principal and assistant athletic director has been created.
District officials said they hope to have this vacancy filled for the upcoming school year.
Superintendent Terry Hayes said he believes this move will not only strengthen the students and faculty but also save money through operational costs.
“There are people in the system that are in the last years (before) retirement and this will give us an opportunity to restructure there if we have to. The board felt it was just good timing for this and it’s all about what’s really best for the school,” said Hayes.
Hayes said he believes there will be a minimal impact on students and teachers as they near the beginning of a new year.
He said he looked to neighboring schools in Barbourville for guidance and input for the smoothest transaction.
“We’re trying to be as efficient as possible and we’ve proven that to the Kentucky Department of Education. Day to day operations will be the same so this really streamlines things,” said Hayes.
The changes will take effect in August.
Kelsey Gerhardt may be reached at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.